Almost exactly a year ago, pianist and vocalist Nelson Lunding was visiting San Francisco from Guatemala. His schedule provided him with the time to return to the Cadillac Hotel to give a free performance in the Concerts at the Cadillac series. Lunding is again in San Francisco, and this Friday he will be back on the Concerts at the Cadillac performance calendar.
Lunding is a master bluesman in the New Orleans tradition. However, he has a way of working his New Orleans style into music not usually associated with that treatment. Last year this included an unlikely arrangement of the folk song “Careless Love” and Zequinha de Abreu’s Brazilian choro “Tico-Tico no Fubá.” He also seasoned his selections with boogie-woogie and at least one tango. In Silicon Valley lingo, one might call him a “blues++” performer.
Lunding will give a one-hour concert in the lobby of the Cadillac Hotel (380 Eddy Street at the corner of Leavenworth Street) on Friday, September 27, at 12:30 p.m. He will play on the hotel’s meticulously restored 1884 Steinway Model D concert grand. With the partial support of the North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District, this event is offered free of charge by the hotel as a gift to the people of the Tenderloin. The Cadillac calls itself “The House of Welcome Since 1907;” and all are definitely welcome to this free jazz opportunity.